Newsletter of the MIT Music Library
Music Library, 14E-109
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
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Christina Moore, Sr. Assistant & Processing Assistant,
Peter Munstedt, Music Librarian,
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THE FIRST ANNUAL MUSICIAN LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST!
Click hotspots to see photographs!
The Tech Talk's headline summarized it best: "Musical Masquerade Tops the
Charts." The Music Library's first-ever Musician Look-Alike contest proved
to be a rousing success and fun for everyone involved. This IAP event was
intended not only to locate look-alikes, but also to enhance people's
awareness of the Music Library and its services.
The event was hosted by the inimitable Captain Hook
(Ed Darna of Theater Arts) who kept the crowd in stitches with his quick
retorts and one-liners. The seven contestants were judged by Lowell Lindgren
and Pamela Ambush of the music faculty along with David Ferriero of the
Libraries. The four winners, who each received a $25.00 gift certificate
from either Newbury Comics or the Harvard Coop, were as follows:
Gift certificates for ice cream cones from Toscanini's were awarded to
some splendid runners-up:
- William Fregosi (Theater Arts) as Charles-Henri
- Robert Hall (Libraries) as Sir Edward Elgar
- Michael (Libraries) as Anonymous
- Megan Hepler '98 as Madonna
We plan to hold this contest again next year. Let's hope that Captain Hook's
ship will be moored in Boston Harbor again next January. In the meantime,
start thinking up your costumes for next year!
- Anne Battis (Libraries) as The Singing Nun
- Xavier Leroux '95 as Joaquin Rodrigo
- Beth Siers '95 as soprano Annie Krull in the role of Elektra
Photographs by Donna Coveney
OVERHEARD AT THE REFERENCE DESK
Q. What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?
A. A flat minor.
Q. What's the difference between a soprano and a terrorist?
A. You can negotiate with a terrorist.
Q. How do you know when the viola section is on your front porch?
A. Nobody has the right key, and nobody knows when to come in.
NEW LIBRARY OPERATING SYSTEM ON THE HORIZON
The Libraries will be obtaining a newer version of its current Geac
system to run their acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and online
public catalog. While this may be exciting news to library staff, the
one area that will directly affect library users will be the new look
of the online catalog -- both in the library and for dialup access.
Plans are for the new system to be up and running by this summer.
Special training sessions will be advertised for students, faculty and
Watch for the library's annual display case that mourns the birth
(April 1st) of that eccentric composer Johann Nepomuk Krank. Krank
first gained international fame when Igor Stravinsky declared: "This
young Krank has about as much musical talent as my French poodle."
Krank took encouragement from this recognition and used it to bolster
his career. In fact, a major grant from Ralston Purina allowed him to
Come see pictures documenting the life and music of this most unusual
composer. This year, the display will be unveiled on Friday, March 31
at 3:00 p.m. (canines welcome).
Faculty member Paul Earls (MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies)
recently donated over 300 scores, over 60 books, and over 170 LPs to
the library. Included in this donation are standard repertoire along
with several avant-garde scores and electronic music recordings. Our
holdings will be strengthened considerably with the addition of these
Richard W. Germann
A choice collection of 73 film music LPs was donated by Richard W.
Germann. Many of these works will be new to the library including
several recordings on European labels. This music will be a great
boost in supporting our rapidly growing film music holdings.
Class of 1982
A few years ago, the Class of 1982 designated the Music
Library as the recipient of their ten-year gift. This class fund
was responsible for the recent renovation of the library's Viewing
Room which contains two VCRs and two laser disc players located in
private carrels. This attractive room has received high use and very
positive response from our users. Additional contributions from
members of the Class of 1982 have been received recently from Amy
Davidson, Peter T. Rogers, and Stephanie Wingfield. Members of this
class are encouraged to visit the library and examine the results of
their generous support!
DONORS SINCE OUR FALL NEWSLETTER:
Amy Davidson '82
Richard W. Germann
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
Roy Rasera/MIT Logarhythms
Peter T. Rogers '82
Stephanie Wingfield '82